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Sorry, Palin and Hayworth supporters, but you’re in denial about the McCain endorsement

posted at 2:35 pm on March 29, 2010 by

Tea Party RallyWe’ve had numerous threads at HotAir – headline and main page – on the Hayworth-McCain race and Palin’s endorsement of her former running mate. The latest item was Meghan McCain’s piece on “McCain-Palin – The Sequel.”  In that piece, Ms. McCain describes the pairing “the best of both Republican worlds.”  It struck me as one of the nicest things she’s said since the end of the campaign.

Some McCain-haters – and there’s really no better word than “hate” for the attitude of many HotAirians regarding McCain – think Palin’s made a “mistake.” Others who like and support Palin, but who remain hostile and suspicious toward McCain and what they believe he represents, believe she’s just “doing what she has to” in demonstrating loyalty to the man who “made her” a multi-millionaire and national political player, and are willing to give her “a mulligan.” Here’s one typical exchange:

I don’t know how many endorsements like these Palin can survive.

DFCtomm on March 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

HondaV65 on March 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

ONE. And only ONE.

Many such observers have persuaded themselves that Palin is trying to improve her political prospects and expand her power base. At some unspecified later date, they expect, she’ll be able to call in the chit.  It squares with the view of your average Fox News All-Star always happy to attribute any conduct by any politician to cynicism.

What a load of, ahem, bullcrap!  No one has yet explained why this straight-talking, “if I die, I die” conservative heroine has suddenly turned crafty pol or hypocrite, and yet still could remain a worthy Tea Party leader.

How about this explanation:

Palin supports McCain!

I hope no one finds that too complicated.

In the race with JD Hayworth, I doubt it’s even a close call for her.

Gov Palin agrees with Senator McCain close to 100% on foreign policy. She respects and likes him personally. She doesn’t blame him for the actions of some of his operatives during and after Campaign ’08, and never believed it was his responsibility to play the roll of political Dad and discipline the other kids for her. She was and is quite capable of defending herself and charting her own course, and would have found it condescending and presumptuous for him to play protector.

She has no problem with the main thrust of his domestic views or his overall approach to politics. If she cares much about immigration politics – I’ve seen little evidence of it, though it’s clearly still a big deal to many grassroots conservatives – she’s happy with McCain’s post-”Shamnesty” positioning.  I suspect that she cares enough about the Republican Party’s long-term prospects to want to see the issue handled soberly and positively.

Though post-’08 she’s been driven into a conservative cul-de-sac – in part by political circumstances in the US of A ca. 2010, in part by a learning experience that has included attacks on her from the left and from Brooks-Frum moderate/elitist conservatives – her political profile and her actual political conduct when in office, was moderate, bi- and non-partisan, and altogether maverick-y.

It was classically progressive: reform-oriented, anti-machine politics, woman-empowering, etc. – including not just a willingness but a determination to use government in aid of “social justice” – as in care for the vulnerable (special needs children, indigenous peoples), fair and equitable stewardship and profit-sharing in the exploitation of natural resources, safeguards against self-dealing by powerful economic and political players.

No one is in a position to take an objective measurement, but Palin looks to me to be about as much a McCain conservative as a Tea Party conservative. With the help of, as the governor likes to say, “people of both parties and of no party at all,” that overall political direction represents a potential governing majority.

I personally have no trouble taking the governor at her word on this and most other issues. It’s one of the things I like best about her. My advice is that you stop looking for secret calculations and obscure motives, and stop insulting Palin with the notion that she’s acting on some other basis than her best political and moral judgment. She prefers McCain to Hayworth, probably by a lot. Deal with it.

cross-posted at Zombie Contentions

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How about this explanation:
Palin supports McCain!

Then she endorses amnesty, CFR infringement on the first amendment, drinks the global warming kool-aid, and sees nothing wrong with voting down tax cuts if introduced by political rivals you have a grudge against.

MadisonConservative on March 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I agree with your statement about the fact she truly does support McCain for the reasons she’s stated.

I disagree with your characterization of her as in a similar position as McCain on the Moderate-Conservative continuum. To name 3 issues she’s to his right on off the top of my head, 1- samesex marriage, 2- energy: drilling in ANWR and AGW, and 3- abortion/prolife issues.

Good article and points, though.

cs89 on March 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Some McCain-haters – and there’s really no better word than “hate” for the attitude of many HotAirians regarding McCain

By the way, this attitude is not too far detached from Meghan McCain’s supercilious “NO H8″ campaign, demonizing people who dare hold an opposing view. Doesn’t say much for credibility.

MadisonConservative on March 29, 2010 at 2:48 PM

This post has been promoted to HotAir.com.

Comments have been closed on this post but the discussion continues here.

Allahpundit on March 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Uh, don’t see it on the main page yet AP. :-?

gryphon202 on March 29, 2010 at 3:16 PM

CK, do you really believe it’s that simple? After all the backroom deals and political wrangling you’ve heard about…

Well, I’ll just say that I’ll take it with a huge grain of salt from someone who thought “Avatar” was a cinematic masterpiece.

gryphon202 on March 29, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Oh, and if she’s a moderate-conservative, why did she support Hoffman over Scozzafava early on in NY23?

MadisonConservative on March 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

How about this explanation:
Palin supports McCain!

Then she endorses amnesty, CFR infringement on the first amendment, drinks the global warming kool-aid, and sees nothing wrong with voting down tax cuts if introduced by political rivals you have a grudge against.

MadisonConservative on March 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Exactly, because everybody knows that you can’t throw out the bathwater and also keep the baby. That would be hypocritical. Either you agree with a person in totality for ever, or you commit yourself by blood oath to his destruction.

joe_doufu on March 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

CK you are probably right that Palin supports McCain though it makes sense that people do not want to believe it. This is not because there is an irrational hate campaign against McCain but rather because he is the least conservative Republican nominee since Wendell Wilkie.

If Palin is simply to be McCain’s lieutenant – enunciating his right-liberal/globalist/open borders policies – then there is no more reason to get excited over her than there was to get excited over the uninspiring McCain.

It is true that Palin is far less conservative than she is made out to be but you would be better off veiling this unfortunate reality if you want people to actually vote for her.

aengus on March 29, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Exactly, because everybody knows that you can’t throw out the bathwater and also keep the baby. That would be hypocritical. Either you agree with a person in totality for ever, or you commit yourself by blood oath to his destruction.

joe_doufu on March 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

McCain is commonly held as the model RINO, so it’s not like he’s merely disagreeing on an issue or two. He authored shamnesty and CFR, for Christ’s sake.

MadisonConservative on March 29, 2010 at 3:36 PM

While many here do not agree with McCain’s political philosophies all the time I hope that we can agree that, wrong or right, he is a principled man over all. This is probably why Sarah endorses him and she knows him far better than all of us. We need people with principles of some kind on the hill even if they are not always the ones we endorse.

jeanie on March 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM